Meet The Team
Susan Machpesh (nee Carter-Brown)
BSc, BSc Honours (Enviro Sci), PostGrad Cert Education
Susan completed her undergraduate degree at Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia. Subsequently she studied a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of KZN, Pietermaritzburg. After travelling and working in the field, Susan furthered her studies with a BSc Honours in Environmental Science at UKZN.
In 2011, Susan was employed by Afzelia Environmental Consultants as an Environmental Scientist, specialising in the fields of Wetland Assessment and Environmental Management. She then went on to work in the NGO sector, managing a Smallscale Farmer Support project in the Eastern Cape for Lima Rural Development Foundation. Susan started NatureStamp in early 2013.
Susan has 7 years of experience in Integrated Environmental Impact Assessment and Natural Resource Management. She is a member of the KZN branch of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and the KZN Wetland Forum.
Susan feels strongly about meaningful environmental management: about an EIA process that results in environmental improvement and protection and does not just tick boxes. She has a passion for agriculture and through her experience can bring practical agro-ecological knowledge to commercial agricultural developments.
BSc, MSc (Hydrology)
Bruce is a qualified hydrologist with extensive experience in consulting and scientific research. Bruce is a partner at NatureStamp and manages all hydrological projects. He is highly competent with computer related tasks and has a particular interest in hydrological modelling. Bruce likes to design his own automation tools, such as automated data processing and small model development in MatLab ©. He has basic skills in CAD drawings and 3D design models. He is highly skilled at GIS mapping and processing, through which some of the hydrological models he uses are run.
Bruce completed his MSc under Prof. Roland Schulze in the School of Bioresources Engineering and Environmental Hydrology (BEEH) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg. Subsequently, he has submitted his PhD at the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) at the UKZN under Prof. Colin Everson. Bruce is still affiliated to the Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) at UKZN where he is heavily involved in research. Bruce has presented his research around the world. He has showcased his work at the Swedish Meteorological & Hydrological Institute (SMHI), the World Water Week in Marseille, the European Science Foundation in Amsterdam, the Singapore International Water Week, the World Forestry Congress in Durban and the Forests & Water workshop in Canada. Bruce has undertaken numerous training workshops, such as MatLab © uncertainty modelling in Luxembourg, where he applies the knowledge he has gained to practical applications in South Africa.
Bruce has a passion for sports and the outdoors. He has a personal and academic interest in the northern KZN area where he is currently involved in long-term research on the groundwater dynamics of the Sibaya aquifer.
Roger van Tonder
BSc, BSc Joint Honours (Economics & Environmental Science), SASS 5 Accredited
Roger graduated from Rhodes University in 2015 with a joint honours degree in Economics and Environmental Science. He conducted his thesis on the economic benefits and environmental costs of hydraulic fracking in the Karoo.
Roger has been working for NatureStamp since January 2016 with his main focus being environmental impact assessments and environmental auditing, as well as assisting in wetland assessments, amongst other activities.
Roger has recently acquired his SASS 5 Accreditation for aquatic biomonitoring and assessments of riverine and lotic habitats. Having a high interest in entomology and the importance of water, Roger aims to become an experienced SASS 5 Practitioner through conducting frequent aquatic assessments around KZN and SA.
Roger has a great passion for the environment and protecting the natural resources it provides. Roger recognises the importance of environmental education, from foundation phases up to tertiary level, as an essential factor in striving towards sustainable development and a cleaner world. Roger would like to contribute towards saving the earth from future destruction through informing the world around us of the importance of the soil at our feet.
BSc, BSc (Honours), MSc (Environmental Science)
Swazi graduated from UKZN in 2014 with her honours degree in Environmental Science. She then started an internship with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife under the Integrated Environmental Management (IEM) Land Use Planning Section which was extended to 2 years. Swazi presented her Honours Research Paper (Title: The Role of GIS in Land Suitability Analysis) at the National LandCare Conference held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Durban.
Swazi started her Masters Research, assessing the Incorporation of Biodiversity Recommendations into Environmental Authorisations and Compliance in KZN. She is currently in the final stages of completing her Masters degree.
Swazi has recently started working for NatureStamp and is developing a specialization in environmental impact assessments, environmental management programmes, amongst other activities.
Swazi is passionate about environmental protection and biodiversity conservation through the implementation of existing EIA and Compliance tools. Thus ensuring that land use change/development is sustainable not only from an environmental perspective but also economically and socially.